How Many Amps Does A 6500 Watt Generator Produce?

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Once you conclude the number of watts you need, you still need to know how many amps something like a 6500 watt generator can produce.

The Watts = Amps x Volts formula implies that a 6500 watt generator should be able to produce 27.08 amps at 240 volts and 54.17 amps at 120 volts.

That being said, you don’t want to forget about the limitations of generator outlets.

For example, all the generators with 6500 peak watts I was able to find “only” had 30 amp outlets.

In simpler words, if you want to power appliances and tools that need more than 30 amps, you will need a category of stronger generators.

How many amps can a 6500 watt generator theoretically put out?

There is a fundamental electricity formula that allows you to calculate how many amps a 6500 watt generator can theoretically put out at popular amounts of volts.

More specifically, this formula is Watts = Amps x Volts.

If you use 120 volts, that means a 6500 watt generator can theoretically put out 54.17 amps.

Similarly, if your 6500 watt generator powers 240 volts, it would be able to produce 27.08 amps.

That being said, you definitely still want to read the next section before investing in a 6500 watt generator because there are other important things.

What is the actual amp output for a 6500 watt generator?

The main reason why the formula above is not the only limitation is that 6500 watt generators can come with different outlets that influence how many amps they can handle.

For example, I was not able to find a generator with 6500 starting watts with an outlet that allows more than 30 amps of output.

In simpler words, 6500 starting watt generators will generally “only” be able to produce 30 amps.

Even when running 120 volt devices.

If you do need more than 30 amps you want to look into more powerful generators.

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Mats is the founder and head editor of Generator Decision. With a combination of critical thinking, tireless research, and a healthy interest in electronics he helps people find the right generators and how to use these. At this point in the journey, Mats has done research on hundreds of portable generators.